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  • China overtakes US as Germany’s main trade partner

    02/24/2017 9:13:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 24 February 2017 11:38 CET+01:00 | DPA/The Local
    Last year, China became Germany’s most important trading partner, knocking the US off the top spot. Goods with a value of €170 billion were traded between Germany and China in 2016, according to data from the Federal Statistics Office (destatis) released on Friday. France was the second most important trade partner. Total trade with the Gallic nation was valued at €167 billion, while the US was relegated to third place, with total transatlantic trade accounting for €165 billion. Nevertheless, the US remained the most important export destination for German goods, with €107 billion “Made in Germany” products making the journey....
  • German intel agency notes dramatic increase in Islamic extremism [100 in 2013, 1600 in 2016]

    02/23/2017 7:11:16 PM PST · by markomalley · 15 replies
    The domestic intelligence service has announced an uptick of hundreds in a matter of months. At least one cause of the worrying trend is the ease with which young people can become radicalized online, authorities said. Germany's domestic security and intelligance agency (the BfV) said on Wednesday that the radical Islamist scene in the country had grown considerably, from only about 100 people in 2013 to some 1,600 today. Indeed, according to BfV chief Hans-Georg Maassen, the number had jumped by several hundred in a matter of months."We receive between two and four credible tips on planned terrorist activity in Germany...
  • Plan to hire 'abortion doctors' at Rome hospital sparks outcry [Italy]

    02/23/2017 9:05:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.it ^ | 23 February 2017 16:40 CET+01:00
    A controversial move by a Rome hospital to hire two specialist abortion doctors — because the majority of Italian doctors refuse to carry out the procedure — has caused an outcry. On Thursday, the president of Rome’s order of physicians, Giuseppe Lavra, asked Lazio’s regional governor to repeal the "unjust and discriminatory" call for two pro-abortion gynecologists. The governor, Nicola Zingaretti, had planned for the two doctors to be hired at Rome’s San Camillo hospital — one of the largest in the capital — where they would be tasked specifically with carrying out abortions. Zingaretti wrote in his blog that...
  • Minister blasts Sweden Democrats' Wall Street Journal op-ed: 'They're lying about Sweden'

    02/23/2017 8:49:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    TheLocal.se ^ | 23 February 2017 18:30 CET+01:00 | Emma Löfgren
    Sweden’s justice and migration minister has accused anti-immigration party leaders of lying about Sweden after they wrote in the Wall Street Journal that Donald Trump was right in his comments about immigration. He spoke hours after Sweden Democrat bosses Jimmie Åkesson and Mattias Karlsson wrote in an opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal on Thursday that “Mr. Trump did not exaggerate Sweden’s current problems” when he falsely suggested that immigration had sparked a rising crime wave in the country. […] Sweden’s justice and migration minister Morgan Johansson told The Local on Thursday that the government would submit its...
  • The EU Is Operating Like A Mafia Family: Extortion and Strong-Arming Are The New Politics

    02/23/2017 7:41:21 AM PST · by davikkm · 15 replies
    IWB ^ | Mark Angelides
    Extortion, loan-sharking and protection rackets are all part of the Mafia’s “Business Model”, it seems that the European Union has adopted this model in its Brexit negotiations with the U.K. After Jean Claude Juncker’s (President) announcement that Britain should pay 50 Billion Pounds to leave the EU club (family), is it any wonder that the Brits are starting to see the EU federalists as a “Godfatheresque” criminal organization.
  • The Brief: Mike Pence’s promises to the EU are meaningless [barf]

    02/21/2017 9:21:19 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    EurActiv ^ | Feb 20, 2017 (updated: 7:00) | James Crisp
    Today brought the US vice-president’s first official visit to Brussels and the first taste of the Trump Tea Party for presidents Juncker and Tusk. Mike Pence has all the charisma of a chair leg but with less capacity for love, compassion and charity. He styles himself as a devout Christian but his political career has been driven and defined by hate. He hates abortion. He hates man-made climate change. He hates gays, stem cell research and refugees. He hates reporters and refused to take any questions from the press. Even the foreign minister of Cuba, no democracy, managed to do...
  • UK to be hit with ‘very hefty’ Brexit bill, says Juncker

    02/21/2017 9:05:43 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    AFP via EurActiv ^ | 02/21/2017 9:50 (updated: 10:24)
    Britain will have to pay a “very hefty” bill to leave the European Union and negotiating a new relationship with the bloc will take years, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker warned today (21 February). Prime Minister Theresa May hopes to trigger the Brexit negotiations by the end of March following the shock referendum in June last year. […] “The British must know — and they know it already — that it will not be at a discount or zero cost,” the former Luxembourg premier said in his hour-long speech. […] European sources said Brussels could hand Britain an exit bill...
  • Europe at a Crossroads: 'The Pacifist Streak in German Politics Is a Problem'

    02/21/2017 6:25:55 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | February 17, 2017 10:27 AM | Markus Becker
    The future of NATO and trans-Atlantic relations will be at the top of the agenda at the Munich Security Conference, which begins on Friday. British political scientist Anthony Glees says that Germany must become a “muscular democracy” and take the lead in Europe. […] “The largest weight is now on Germany’s shoulders. Chancellor Merkel must continue to convince people of the EU’s importance; she must spearhead the effort to redefine the EU. In order to do this, Germany must become a muscular democracy. It needs to shoulder far more responsibility for the physical security of Europe, especially Eastern Europe and...
  • German real estate market overheated, says central bank

    02/20/2017 9:51:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 02.20.2017 | aw/msh (Reuters, dpa, AFP)
    German residential real estate is overvalued by up to 30 percent, the central bank warned as part of its monthly report for February, released on Monday. The Bundesbank said the German economy should retain a strong footing in the coming months thanks to high industrial and construction activity, but warned this could not fully account for a recent surge in residential property prices. […] Home prices in German cities rose by 8 percent in 2016 after rising by an annual average of 6.75 percent in the previous six years, according to Bundesbank calculations based on data from consultancy firm Bulwiengesa....
  • Belgian PM warns US against meddling in EU politics

    02/20/2017 8:51:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 02/20/2017 2:38
    After meeting with US Vice-President Mike Pence on Sunday (19 February), the Belgian prime minister said in a veiled criticism of President Donald Trump’s comments that Belgium, like other countries, would not allow the fragmentation of the European Union. US Vice-President Mike Pence arrived in Brussels on Sunday evening, the second stop of his European tour to reassure worried European leaders. Pence will meet European Council President Donald Tusk on Monday morning. The VP flew from Munich, Germany, where he attended the Munich Security Conference. […] “There is no question of allowing the fragmentation of the European Union. This message...
  • Theresa May makes shock appearance in House of Lords to watch Brexit bill debate

    02/20/2017 6:47:44 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 36 replies
    Metro UK ^ | 20th February 2017 | Toby Mejes
    Theresa May made a highly unusual appearance at the House of Lords today as peers began their two-day debate on the Brexit bill. The prime minister sat close to the throne as Lords leader Baroness Evans said the Government had a ‘strong mandate’ from the people and elected MPs to trigger Article 50. ‘This Bill is not the place to try and shape the terms of our exit, restrict the Government’s hand before in enters into complex negotiations or attempt to re-run the referendum,’ she added. The European Union (notification of Withdrawal) Bill has passed major hurdles in the House...
  • Poland tells EU: We value democracy, respect our sovereignty

    02/20/2017 5:23:15 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 20, 2017 1:32 PM EST
    Poland’s Foreign Ministry said Monday it has written to the European Union in response to the bloc’s recommendations on rule of law in the country, the latest step in a standoff between Warsaw’s populist government and EU officials concerned about weakening democratic standards. Most of the EU’s concerns center on steps by the ruling Law and Justice party that have weakened the Constitutional Tribunal’s ability to act as a check on executive power. EU Vice-President Frans Timmermans said last year that he worried about a “systemic risk” to the rule of law in Poland. In December he sent non-binding recommendations...
  • Germany Election Frontrunner Schulz Accused in EU Fake Job Scandal

    02/19/2017 5:23:27 PM PST · by davikkm · 8 replies
    breitbart ^ | CHRIS TOMLINSON
    Social Democrat (SPD) leader Martin Schulz could be facing a possible scandal as details have emerged regarding unusual contracts he made for friends when European Union President. The allegations of potential misconduct by the former European Union president revolve mostly around a man named Markus Engels, a long-time confidant of Schulz and his current campaign manager for the German federal elections later this year. According to reports, Schulz gave Engels a lavish contract in 2012 to represent Schulz interests in Berlin, though he was registered in Brussels — allowing him to avoid large amounts of tax, Der Spiegel reports.
  • Immigrants are not US’s problem and policy makers already know this [barf]

    02/19/2017 5:33:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Irish Central ^ | February 17, 2017 12:00 AM | Cahir O’Doherty
    Let’s face it — every Irish person in New York knows someone who’s undocumented. Usually they know more than one. They also know that if weren’t for them and other immigrants half the bars, restaurants, shops and even colleges in the city would be deserted. New York has always had a special welcome for immigrants — even the undocumented ones — because it’s been the historical landing point for intending Americans since the earliest days of our national story. Welcoming immigrants is really the city’s oldest tradition. It actually makes sound financial sense. The undocumented often do the work that...
  • Germany's Merkel to US: uphold, strengthen multilateralism

    02/18/2017 2:13:01 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 18, 2017 4:45 AM EST | Geir Moulson and David Rising
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel appealed to the United States and others on Saturday to support and bolster multilateral organizations such as the European Union, the United Nations and NATO, an alliance to which U.S. Vice President Mike Pence pledged America’s commitment was “unwavering.” Merkel told Pence and other world leaders, diplomats and defense officials at the Munich Security Conference that “acting together strengthens everyone.” Her address came amid concern about the Trump administration’s approach to international affairs and fears that it may have little interest in working in multilateral forums. “Will we be able to continue working well together, or...
  • Macron causes uproar by saying France's colonization of Algeria was 'crime against humanity'

    02/16/2017 10:12:06 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 16 February 2017 15:09 CET+01:00 | AFP/The Local, Ben McPartland
    French presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron has drawn a storm of criticism from his rivals after calling France’s colonization of Algeria a “crime against humanity”. In a TV interview in Algiers this week, the centrist said French actions in Algeria, which achieved independence in 1962 after eight years of war, were “genuinely barbaric, and constitute a part of our past that we have to confront by apologizing”. His visit also included a stop at the Martyrs’ Memorial in Algiers, saying he wanted to promote a “reconciliation of memories” between the two countries. The violent history between France and Algeria is still...
  • EU parliament OKs more anti-terror rules

    02/16/2017 8:39:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 16, 2017 8:51 AM EST
    The European Union’s legislature has approved more anti-terror rules targeting foreign fighters going to or returning from conflict zones and will make crimes of such actions as public incitement and training for terrorism. The parliament said new rules will reinforce the sanctions for traveling to or returning from conflicts with the intent to carry out terror attacks, as well as aiding, funding or abetting such actions. …
  • PARIS ON FIRE: Riots reach capital's centre TONIGHT - buildings set ablaze & cops attacked

    02/15/2017 9:04:51 PM PST · by detective · 45 replies
    The Express ^ | Feb 15, 2017 | Peter Allen
    Officers were forced to unleash tear-gas on angry crowds as buildings and rubbish bins were set on fire around the Barbes Metro station, which is just around the corner from the Eurostar hub at Gare du Nord.   As fire crews went in to extinguish the blazes, lines of riot police were attacked, and shops were looted.  A policeman at the scene said: “Windows have been smashed and officers attacked.   “Small groups of protestors wearing hoods to hide their identities are causing trouble and then running away.
  • Germany emphasizes importance of two-state solution

    02/15/2017 1:25:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 02.15.2017 | mz/sms (AFP, dpa, AP)
    Following comments from the White House that — contrary to America’s long-standing policy — a two-state solution may not be necessary for peace in the Middle East, Germany has insisted that the approach cannot be abandoned. German government spokesperson Steffen Seibert said a two-state solution was the foundation of Germany’s Middle East policy. The head of a German parliamentary committee on foreign affairs, Norbert Röttgen, was quoted by “Die Welt” newspaper as saying “the two-state solution is the only way Israel can remain a democratic and a Jewish state at the same time.” Niels Annen, foreign policy spokesperson for the...
  • 'Choose Freedom': EU passport campaign launched across Europe [Brexit FUD]

    02/15/2017 1:19:27 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.es ^ | 14 February 2017 16:38 CET+01:00
    Imagine a post-Brexit scenario whereby Brits will be issued with EU passports to secure the right to freedom of movement across the 27 member states of the European Union. That is exactly what the European Commission will be asked to consider if a citizen’s initiative can garner one million signatures from across Europe. The “Choose Freedom” EU passport campaign was launched this week with the support of Brits living across Europe. Sue Wilson, the chair of Bremain in Spain which campaigns for the UK to remain in the European Union and to protect the rights of British migrants living and...
  • Sweden to name special envoy to Israel-Palestine peace process

    02/15/2017 1:07:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    TheLocal.se ^ | 15 February 2017 07:46 CET+01:00
    Sweden is to appoint a special envoy to the Israel-Palestine peace process, Foreign Minister Margot Wallström announced during the presentation of her foreign policy vision in parliament. Wallström presented the ruling center-left Social Democrat-Green coalition government’s foreign policy declaration for the year in the Riksdag on Wednesday morning, continuing an annual tradition. […] Sweden’s relationship with Israel has been increasingly frosty in the past few years. In 2014 it recognized Palestine as a state, and Israeli officials have routinely refused to meet Wallström after she called for investigations into “extrajudicial” killings of Palestinian assailants by Israeli forces. […] Without mentioning...
  • Mattis tells NATO allies to increase defense spending or US will ‘moderate’ commitment

    02/15/2017 7:47:53 AM PST · by navysealdad · 10 replies
    Pentagon chief Mattis tells NATO allies to increase defense spending by year’s end or US will ‘moderate its commitment’
  • Brussels proposes changes to EU decision-making process

    02/15/2017 7:45:47 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EUbusiness ^ | 15 February 2017, 00:40 CET
    The EU Commission proposed Tuesday changes to the EU’s decision-making process, in a bid to increase transparency and accountability in procedures for implementing EU legislation. The EU executive wants to change what is known as the Comitology Regulation, which gives it responsibility for the required implementation of Community legislation in many areas. It exercises these delegated powers by working with national civil servants appointed by Member States in different committees. These committees, which are a forum for discussions and the voicing of opinions, are chaired by the Commission. …
  • PSA Group says it is exploring acquisition of GM's Opel

    02/14/2017 5:39:50 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 14, 2017 8:11 AM EST
    France’s PSA Group, maker of Peugeot and Citroën cars, says it’s exploring a “potential acquisition” of Opel, the money-losing European business of General Motors Co. […] GM has endured years of losses at Opel, its main brand in Europe. It had hoped to reach break-even by now, but last year posted a loss of $257 million for the year. …
  • Italy sets up fast-track asylum courts for migrants [deportations]

    02/12/2017 2:01:42 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.it ^ | 11 February 2017 13:09 CET+01:00 | AFP
    The Italian government on Friday created 14 fast-track asylum appeal courts in a bid to speed up decisions on deporting migrants with no right to stay in the country. This latest sign of Italy moving to a tougher approach to deter further migrant arrivals was approved by decree at a cabinet meeting on Friday. It comes into force immediately, but has to be approved by parliament inside two months. Around half a million migrants have arrived in Italy in the last three years, most of them Africans who were rescued from overcrowded boats in the Mediterranean after setting off from...
  • Germany picks Frank-Walter Steinmeier to be president

    02/12/2017 8:10:50 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 12, 2017 10:47 AM EST | Kirsten Grieshaber
    A special assembly elected former German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier by an overwhelming majority Sunday to be the country’s new president. Steinmeier was elected in Berlin by the assembly made up of the 630 members of parliament’s lower house and an equal number of representatives from Germany’s 16 states. He received 931 of the 1,260 votes. Steinmeier succeeds Joachim Gauck, a 77-year-old former pastor and East German pro-democracy activist who did not seek a second five-year term because of his age. […] “Isn’t it actually wonderful that this Germany, our difficult fatherland, that this country has become an anchor of...
  • Germany says 91 mosques were attacked in 2016

    02/11/2017 7:44:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 11, 2017 10:43 AM EST
    The German government says 91 mosques were attacked in the country in 2016. The interior ministry said in a report sent to The Associated Press late Friday that most attacks — 21 of them — took place in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, which is the country’s most populous state with a high number of Muslim immigrants. …
  • French court rules it's OK to 'publicly promote infidelity'

    02/10/2017 4:32:24 AM PST · by markomalley · 11 replies
    A French court has ruled that extra-marital affairs dating website has the right to advertise its services and ruled that couples are not bound by the country’s civil code to be faithful to each other. The row began back in the winter of 2015 when French Catholics association sued Black Devine, the publisher's for extra-marital affairs dating site Gleeden, over some provocative adverts that promoted its services to those willing to cheat on their partners. "Contrary to anti-depressants a lover costs the Social security system nothing," read one of the bus stop adverts for Gleeden.  "Being faithful to two men...
  • Trump’s next trade target: Europe’s scooters and cheese

    02/09/2017 10:24:38 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies
    http://www.politico.eu/ ^ | By Hans von der Burchard and Adam Behsudi 2/9/17, 4:27 PM CET Updated 2/9/17, 10:32 PM | By Hans von der Burchard and Adam Behsudi
    Washington has a prime opportunity to slap 100 percent tariffs on key EU exports. Iconic European products ranging from Roquefort cheese to Vespa scooters will soon be in Donald Trump’s sights.The billionaire property tycoon won the U.S. presidency on a highly protectionist agenda and vowed to slash the country’s eye-watering deficits with leading trade partners. While China and Mexico have borne the brunt of his early threats, he now has a prime opportunity to box out some of Europe’s most famous exports. Next Wednesday, the U.S. trade representative will hold a public hearing on slapping an eventual 100 percent import...
  • Two trains evacuated in Swedish cities after bomb threats

    02/09/2017 4:33:18 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    TheLocal.se ^ | 9 February 2017 14:54 CET+01:00 | Emma Löfgren and Christian Krug
    Two trains in Gothenburg and Södertälje, near Stockholm, were evacuated after receiving bomb threats on Thursday. Police asked national rail company SJ to temporarily halt all train traffic in and out of both Gothenburg and Stockholm, a spokesman for SJ told The Local at 3 pm. […] “All information we have is that at 1:10 pm, we got a threat and the train had to stop at Södertälje Syd. So all passengers had to leave the train and now technicians are looking at it,” Carina Skagerlind told The Local at around 3 pm. “We make no comment on how we...
  • Germany completes return of 300 tons of reserve gold from US

    02/09/2017 7:10:47 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 9, 2017 7:27 AM EST | Geir Moulson
    Germany has completed an effort to bring home 300 metric tons (330.7 tons) of gold stashed in the United States, part of a plan to repatriate gold bars kept abroad during the Cold War. The German central bank said it brought 111 tons of gold back from the Federal Reserve in New York last year, concluding in September — the last of 300 tons slated for return. […] Once the transfers are completed, Frankfurt will hold half of Germany’s 3,378 tons of reserve gold, with the rest in New York and London. […] During the Cold War, West Germany kept...
  • Possible Trump EU envoy: US 'critical and suspicious' of EU

    02/09/2017 7:02:14 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 9, 2017 8:12 AM EST
    A leading contender to be U.S. President Donald Trump’s ambassador to the European Union says the bloc is anti-American and the U.S. will try to build bilateral relationships with European countries instead. Ted Malloch tells the AP the U.S. is “critical and suspicious” of the EU project. […] EU parliamentarians have taken the unusual step of writing a letter, calling his views “outrageously malevolent.” …
  • EU commission drops anti-corruption report

    02/06/2017 8:58:00 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 2 Feb 2017 18:37 | Nikolaj Nielsen
    The EU commission scrapped plans to publish a report on anti-corruption efforts throughout EU states. When pressed to explain why, EU commission spokesperson Margaritis Schinas on Thursday (2 February) refused to speculate. […] The Commission was also supposed to look at the EU institutions, but dropped the internal assessment because they “realized that this is something we will have to come back to in a future EU anti-corruption report.” With the 2016 report already past the due date, the transparency campaigners were hoping for a late release. But commission vice-president Frans Timmermans has dashed those hopes. …
  • French student takes steps to block Breitbart's move to France

    02/05/2017 7:21:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 3 February 2017 17:32 CET+01:00
    A student in Paris has bought several domain names linked to far-right news website Breitbart in the hopes of blocking it from opening in France, according to reports. Breitbart — the anti-immigration, anti-EU, anti-establishment US news site that supported Donald Trump — said in November that it planned to launch in France with one job in mind: to help get Marine Le Pen elected president. […] The student, named Antonin by The Verge news site, bought the domain names breitbart.fr, breitbartnews.fr, and breitbartnewsnetwork.fr in a bid to block the French launch. …
  • Merkel hopes for 'fair' EU-Mercosur trade deal

    02/05/2017 6:59:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 5 February 2017 10:38 CET+01:00 | AFP
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday that she would work toward securing a “fair” free-trade deal between the EU and Mercosur, the South American economic bloc. Her comments, posted in her weekly video message, came ahead of a visit by Uruguay’s President Tabaré Vázquez to Berlin on Wednesday. “We are fundamentally in favor of international trade agreements, which is why we are very happy with the effort in the Mercosur countries” to reach a deal with the European Union, Merkel said. “It’s a matter of reaching a fair deal, where Europe’s interests are taken into account just as are those...
  • Merkel says Europe's future could be two-speed

    02/04/2017 9:38:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 4 February 2017 09:33 CET+01:00 | AFP
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said European leaders may commit to a union of “different speeds” when they make a major declaration on its future at a summit in Rome next month. The European Union has long been riven by debate about whether all countries must commit to full integration including the single currency, or whether some can go at different paces. The 27 leaders minus Britain are due to make a declaration at the summit in Rome in March marking the 60th anniversary of the EU, in which they will set out a post-Brexit roadmap. …
  • Trump's top EU pick warns German media of 'seismic shift' in ties

    02/03/2017 4:33:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 3 February 2017 18:19 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Ted Malloch, President Donald Trump’s reported choice of US ambassador to the EU, predicts “seismic shifts” in transatlantic ties and the bloc’s disintegration, in comments to a German news weekly published Friday. After last year’s Brexit vote for Britain to leave the EU, he told Der Spiegel that “you can almost put any two letters in front of the word exit”, suggesting any of the other 27 member states could be next. […] He said Trump preferred to deal bilaterally with European countries rather than the bloc as whole, adding that “frankly, this also gives us the upper hand”. He...
  • Sweden Extends Border Controls Until Spring 2017

    02/02/2017 9:35:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    The Local ^ | 1 February 2017
    Sweden will extend border controls and ID checks in the south of the country by a further three months, the country's government has confirmed. The border controls at ports in the south of Sweden and on the Swedish side of the Öresund Bridge to Denmark were brought in during the autumn of 2015, a year where Sweden received a record 163,000 asylum applications. ID checks on trains crossing the Öresund Bridge were introduced soon after. The measures in the passport-free Schengen zone are only supposed to be temporary and originally designed to last six months, but they were extended by...
  • McHugh vows to fight for undocumented Donegal people in USA (Irish illegal aliens)

    02/02/2017 4:24:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Donegal Now ^ | February 2, 2017
    Donegal TD Joe McHugh has vowed to fight for Irish citizens living illegally in the United States - and has called for them to be given the right to live and work there. The Minister was speaking in the Seanad today (Thursday) on an issue raised by Senator Billy Lawless on the Long Wave RTE service to Britain. Minister McHugh says the Government supports the retention of the radio service which delivers programmes to Irish people living in Britain. The Donegal politician also made a number of comments on the Irish in America, saying afterwards that the issue was ‘personal’...
  • Program paying asylum applicants to leave Germany voluntarily begins

    02/02/2017 7:32:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 02.01.2017 | se/sms (dpa, AFP, epd)
    A program to pay asylum applicants in Germany to return to their home countries, often before a decision is made on their status, has begun. The government wants to increase the number of people who choose to leave. The program “StartHilfe Plus,” which loosely translates to “start help plus,” began on Wednesday. Administered by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the initiative aims to financially reward asylum applicants if they are willing to return to their homelands. About €40 million ($43 million) has been set aside for payments. “In...
  • Italian Muslims sign anti-extremism pact

    02/02/2017 6:36:16 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    TheLocal.it ^ | 2 February 2017 08:44 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Italy’s Muslim community signed a pact with the government on Wednesday pledging to “reject all forms of violence and terrorism”, with prayers in mosques to be held in Italian. “It’s a very important document which concerns the present and future of our country through inter-religious dialogue, starting from a basic principle: We may have different religions… but we are all Italian,” said Interior Minister Marco Minniti. He added: “One of the essential points is that all the signatories have committed to reject all forms of violence and terrorism.” Only a handful of Italian residents are known to have joined jihadist...
  • Reported rapes in Denmark double in two years

    02/02/2017 6:20:58 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    TheLocal.dk ^ | 1 February 2017 11:44 CET+01:00
    A record 744 rapes were reported in Denmark last year, doubling the number of reports in 2014 according to figures from Statistics Denmark that were first reported by Metroxpress. According to a consultant to the Danish National Police, the sharp increase is due in part to police districts better recording rape reports. […] Last year it was reported that an investigation by the Ministry of Justice indicated that as many as 700 rape cases per year were being filed incorrectly by police. The majority of the “missing” reports were hidden in police statistics by giving them investigation numbers that did...
  • Merkel election rival accuses Trump of being 'un-American'

    02/01/2017 3:52:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 1 February 2017 12:21 CET+01:00 | DPA/The Local
    Martin Schulz, the Social Democrat who is to take on Angela Merkel in September's national election, has said that Donald Trump has not acted like an American since becoming US President. “What Trump is doing is un-American,” Schulz told the Funke media group. “The United States stand, like few other countries, for enlightenment, democracy and the values of freedom.” In a stinging criticism of the US President, Schulz said that Trump was “running with a wrecking ball through American values.” […] The SPD man said that it is Berlin’s duty to emphasize to Washington that Germany and Europe strongly oppose...
  • European Union president trashes Trump as 'threat'

    02/01/2017 3:28:03 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Cable News Network ^ | 4:16 PM ET, Tue January 31, 2017 | Nicole Gaouette
    The European Union declared the Trump administration a “threat” on Tuesday, laying bare what many Europeans think privately and setting the stage for increased tension between the US and EU. European Union President Donald Tusk’s diplomatic bombshell listed the Trump administration as a threat alongside China, Russia, terrorism and radical Islam, adding that “worrying declarations by the new American administration all make our future highly unpredictable.” “The change in Washington puts the European Union in a difficult situation; with the new administration seeming to put into question the last 70 years of American foreign policy,” Tusk said in a letter...
  • Budweiser’s 2017 Super Bowl Commercial Goes Full Social Justice Warrior

    02/01/2017 7:03:10 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 85 replies
    Youtube ^ | 01/31/17 | Mark Dice
    Budweiser’s Super Bowl 2017 commercial is a pro-immigration propaganda piece, which will undoubtedly turn off half of their customers, who are already voicing their disapproval of the ad online. It's called "Born the Hard Way." Media analyst Mark Dice has the story.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCH5ARvtPO0        
  • Top Trump aide blasts Germany for 'exploiting' US on trade

    01/31/2017 7:26:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 31 January 2017 16:23 CET+01:00 | AFP
    A top economic adviser to US President Donald Trump bashed Germany for exploiting an undervalued euro to take advantage of its trading partners, the Financial Times reported Tuesday. The public rebuke of a major trading partner is the latest example of the brash tactic that has become a feature of the new US administration, with Trump himself using public attacks and Twitter to criticize businesses and allies, including Mexico. Peter Navarro, who advised Trump during the campaign and heads the White House’s new National Trade Council, said in an interview with the FT that Germany “continues to exploit other countries...
  • Green party demands travel ban for Trump to Germany

    01/30/2017 10:37:44 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 30 January 2017 11:22 CET+01:00 | DPA/The Local
    Germany’s Green party has suggested drastic consequences for the US President after he ordered a temporary travel block for refugees and citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries. […] “If the USA does not immediately rescind this insane travel block for representative Omid Nouripour and other German citizens, then we should block Donald Trump’s trip to the G20 summit in Hamburg. It is not possible to have serious discussions under these circumstances,” Green party parliamentary spokesman Dieter Janecek told Handelsblatt at the weekend. Trump accepted Chancellor Angela Merkel’s invitation at the weekend to the July summit, government spokesman Steffen Seibert said....
  • UK Parliament to launch 'fake news' inquiry; cites threat

    01/30/2017 9:32:43 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 30, 2017 8:42 AM EST
    A British parliamentary committee is launching an inquiry into the spreading “fake news” phenomenon. The Culture, Media and Sport Committee probe begins Monday. It will study “the widespread dissemination, through social media and the Internet” of phony news stories. Committee chairman Damian Collins says the trend is a “threat to democracy” that undermines public confidence in the media. He called on major tech companies to do more to prevent the spread of fake news on their platforms. …
  • EU negotiator: Trump, Putin, Islamic extremism threaten bloc

    01/30/2017 9:10:22 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 30, 2017 12:04 PM EST
    The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator says U.S. President Donald Trump poses a serious threat to the EU because he is working with far-right groups on the continent to engineer the bloc’s disintegration. Guy Verhofstadt said Monday the EU has “fewer friends than ever in the United States today.” He said Trump and his advisers had joined with European far-right movements in “undermining the EU.” …
  • Don't call pregnant patients 'mothers': Doctors are banned from using the word over fears it will up

    01/29/2017 9:57:17 PM PST · by Morgana · 39 replies
    dailymail.uk ^ | January 28, 2017 | Stephen Adams and Sanchez Manning for The Mail on Sunday
    FULL TITLE: Don't call pregnant patients 'mothers': Doctors are banned from using the word over fears it will upset those who are transgender NHS doctors have been told not to call pregnant women ‘expectant mothers’ because it might offend transgender people, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. The astonishing warning comes in official guidelines issued by the British Medical Association to its 160,000 members, which says mothers-to-be should be referred to as ‘pregnant people’ instead. The controversial advice to doctors in hospitals and general practice comes just weeks after it emerged that a Briton who was born a girl but...